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Innovating in Francophone Education – Revelstoke Review

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Whether it’s climbing a rock wall, developing a business plan, playing sports or getting creative with robotics, students at École des Glaciers experience academic success and develop the pride of belonging to the Francophone culture by getting involved in the community.

“All of our students have the opportunity to develop academic, linguistic, cultural, social and emotional skills to engage in a larger community,” explains Valérie Grondin, director of École des Glaciers in Revelstoke. Registration is now open. For admission requirements and to register, visit https://www.ecolesfrancophonescolombiebritannique.ca/fr/region/6/sud-est-de-la-colombie-british/ecole/29/des-glaciers.

One of these initiatives is the winter market project. The Revelstoke Winter Market brings together agricultural and craft vendors from the community and beyond. Grade 6 and 7 students at École des Glaciers develop a business plan that includes producing a product, which they then display and sell at the Winter Market.

“Examples could be tye-dye shirts, bath salts, ingredients for cakes,” says Grondin. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn and be part of a community event.”

École des Glaciers students at Col Rogers.

École des Glaciers students at Col Rogers.

In 2021, the school won a Canadian robotics competition and competed internationally.

“At the international event, we placed second. We were competing against other schools around the world. It was an amazing experience for the students,” says Grondin.

“We also have an adapted social skills program for each elementary school class,” says Grondin.

Students from École des Glaciers celebrate Orange Shirt Day.

Students from École des Glaciers celebrate Orange Shirt Day.

Coming this week, students will have the opportunity to participate in a week-long mural event. At hand is a special guest Carmen Laferriere, a well-known artist specializing in felting. The event was financed by the APÉ (Association of Parents of Students).

Will also be present Laura Stoverenowned writer and author of Swift River: Stories of the First People and First Travelers on the Columbia River around Revelstoke.

École des Glaciers is a French-language public school and welcomes students from kindergarten to grade 7. The French school also offers a secondary French program from grades 8 to 12. Grade 12 students receive two recognized diplomas. The school develops students’ cultural identity and promotes the development of a French-speaking community. It is part of the Francophone public school board of the Conseil Scolaire. This year, the Glacier school will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Whether it's climbing a rock wall, developing a business plan, playing sports or getting creative with robotics, students at École des Glaciers experience academic success and develop the pride of belonging to the Francophone culture by getting involved in the community.

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École des Glaciers develops students' cultural identity and promotes the development of a French-speaking community.

École des Glaciers develops students’ cultural identity and promotes the development of a French-speaking community.